Saturday 17 March 2018

'It's excessive' - Micheal Martin criticises vote for TDs to get Halloween break

Micheal Martin Photo: Gerry Mooney
Micheal Martin Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

CALLS for the Dáil to sit next week have been rejected, meaning TDS will get a Halloween break.

Fianna Fáil attempted to cancel the schedule mid-term with party leader Micheál Martin arguing TDs are not long back from the summer recess.

“I do think it’s excessive,” he said in reference to the week off.

He suggested that the Dáil should sit next Wednesday and Thursday.

“The Dáil is sitting less and less as we go on,” he said, adding: “We have a lot of work to do.”

Government chief whip Joe McHugh said the break had been agreed four weeks ago by the Dáil’s Business Committee.

“It hasn’t been raised since,” he said.

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Independent Mattie McGrath, who is a member of that committee, accused the Fianna Fáil leader of “grandstanding”.

“What about the staff whose plans will be thrown into disarray because of this grandstanding by Micheál Martin,” he said.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has already planned a trade mission to the west coast of the United States for next week.

A vote was called with a majority agreeing the week off should stand.

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